Ponder's popularity is soaring

Christian Ponder didn't win his first career NFL start, but he has won over the Vikings fan base. Jersey sales at a local Vikings Locker Room store were almost exclusively Ponder's number 7 jersey.
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Christian Ponder didn't win his first career NFL start, but he has won over the Vikings fan base. Jersey sales at a local Vikings Locker Room store were almost exclusively Ponder's number 7 jersey.

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